What is Church School?

Distinctiveness of Church schools

There are three distinct kinds of Church of England school in partnership with local authorities (LAs):

  • Voluntary Aided:

The school is owned by the church, a majority of the governors are appointed by the Church, the teachers are appointed and employed by the governing body, the cost of repairs and capital projects is raised by the governing body with 90% grant from the DfES, religious education and worship are distinctively Anglican, the governing body is the admissions authority;

  •  Voluntary Controlled:

The school is owned by the Church, the Church appoints governors, but there is no Church majority on the governing body, the teachers are employed by the Local Education Authority, the LEA funds repairs and capital projects, religious education follows the local agreed syllabus, the worship is Anglican; 

  • Foundation:

The foundation owns the school, the governing body employs the staff and is the admissions authority, the Church appoints a minority of governors, religious education follows an agreed syllabus and the worship is Anglican.

 Nyewood CE Junior is a Voluntary Aided School.


Why choose a Church School?

 An Opinion Research Business Survey in 2008 showed that, of those who agree that church schools are different to other state schools:

  • Eight in ten (79 per cent) agree that church schools help young people develop a sense of right and wrong
  • 75 per cent think that church schools help young people grow into responsible members of society
  • 78 per cent agree that they promote good behavior and positive attitudes
  • 85 per cent agree they have a caring approach to students.